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Dave (#47976571)
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So many are asking about the bio picture I'm using, it's from a poem written by Monte Leon Manka titled The Shadow on the Wall.

I enjoy working with Find A Grave and I especially enjoy adding photos to memorials so that family members can visit their family member's grave at anytime.

Please REMEMBER I do this in my FREE time out of respect for the families. If mistakes are made, BE KIND and remember this isn't a paying JOB.

We are here to help each other, and it would give me honor to know I have helped one. Thank you for caring about the family I also care about so deeply.

You may use any of my photos's for genealogy purpose's, providing a note of credit is given.

Note: Requesting Memorial Transfers
For transfer request please use the edit button, then Suggest, this is the only way I'll handle it otherwise your requests will go unanswered.


FYI: For our Veterans Graves

While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.

These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.

A coin left on a tombstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect.

Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.

A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together.

A dime means you served with him in some capacity.

By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.

According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.

In the United States, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.

Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a down payment to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.

The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.
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Jim Liles
Florence Dallas Lindley's Headstone
Thank you for the photo of my Grandmother's Headstone.

Jim Liles
Added by Jim Liles on Dec 27, 2014 2:20 PM
Diane Kron Van Orden
Dewey C Roberson
Thank you so very much for the photo of the headstone of Dewey C Roberson!! Have a very Happy New Year. Diane
Added by Diane Kron Van Orden on Dec 27, 2014 2:06 PM
Kathy Phelan
Lawrence Kramer
Thanks so much for the photo. I appreciate anyone who gets out in the winter to document photos. I trust it was a good day.

Kathy Phelan
Added by Kathy Phelan on Dec 27, 2014 12:35 PM
Opal Smith memorial

Thanks for letting me know of my mistake of burial place. It has been corrected.

Added by Bernice on Dec 27, 2014 8:17 AM
Cathy Taylor
Coins on headstones
Hello Dave....and Happy Holidays!!!!!
I have photographed over 20,000 headstones for use on the Find A Grave site and I have come across many stones with coins (usually pennies) placed on them. I have always wondered why someone would leave a penny on a headstone. Thanks to your profile story, the mystery has been solved. Thank you for posting such an informative and interesting profile.
Added by Cathy Taylor on Dec 27, 2014 4:18 AM
Thank you!
Thank you for posting a photo of my dad's headstone. How kind of you!
Added by Colleen on Dec 25, 2014 6:21 PM
Jaylynn F.
Thanks Correction Made - Wilbur Platt
Memorial# 131595418
Added by Jaylynn F. on Dec 23, 2014 5:39 PM
Rita & Lee Gordon
Ronald Joseph "Ron" Schweller
Thanks for the photo
Added by Rita & Lee Gordon on Dec 21, 2014 4:57 PM
Thank you for taking the time to fulfilling my photo requests for Grant and Anna Lloyd. It's always nice to see the real stone.
Added by Angie on Dec 19, 2014 3:40 PM
G W Cox
Thank you, Dave, for the photo of Rosa Martin's burial marker. You're doing a great service for the families and the genealogical community.
Added by G W Cox on Dec 19, 2014 2:55 PM
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